Contributed by: NAPSA
Celebrate An American Favorite (NAPSA) - October is National Popcorn Poppin' Month, a time to honor America's favorite magical, munchable maize. You seldom need an excuse to grab a handful of these simple kernels of goodness, but a month-long celebration is reason enough to try new recipes. Whether you make it plain or pumped up, you'll join your fellow Americans in consuming some 16 billion quarts this year.
Why do we love popcorn? How can we not? Popcorn is the fun food we eat when we're happy. It's the surprise food with "before" and "after" pictures that would make a Hollywood starlet cry for a makeover. It's the science experiment food that entertains and educates. It's the simple pleasures food that reminds us to slow down. And it's the economical food costing mere pennies per serving.
Popcorn also is a whole grain, providing carbohydrates and fiber to the diet and is naturally low in fat and calories. It's an ideal in-between meals snack because it satisfies but doesn't spoil your appetite.
Yet when all is said and done, popcorn is simply a great-tasting food. Surprise your family and friends with a popcorn treat today in honor of National Popcorn Poppin' Month. For tasty recipes, fun facts, popcorn trivia and more, visit www.popcorn.org.
In a large pan, heat brown sugar, maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice mix over medium heat.
Cook, stirring, 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and mixture is bubbling. Stir in butter until melted and well blended. Add pecans, if desired, and popcorn and stir until well coated.
Allow mixture to cool. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.
Perfect Popcorn Popping Tips
Serving Size: Makes 5 Cups
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